Tutere Gallery - Our Story
Tutere Gallery opened its doors in the spring of 2016 but its story began some five years prior when a girl, artist Kate Hartmann, fell in love with a run down, 90 year old bach (Kiwi for holiday home) that had been vacant for some time and somehow managed to convince her husband to buy it. He thought she was mad but all she could see was potential.
First up, the location was absolutely perfect for a gallery; it was just up the street from some wonderful cafes and just a few metres from the beach. The building itself was tired, yes it was, but it was also full of character and quirks which she thought were terribly charming but also gave it an un-pretentiousness that would help people relax and feel welcome. Importantly the light was good for showing the artwork, or it would be once a few modifications were made and she was certain that she had heard it whisper to her one day that it had quite enjoyed its heyday in the 50’s when it was a tea rooms and longed to be filled once again with peoples laughter and chatter.
Kate identified with this feeling as she herself had spent many years longing, longing for a space in which to paint again, in fact she was scared that she may have forgotten how! And so it seemed destined to be, that the old bach and the girl, would join together and help each other work towards realising their dreams.